🌲 The 11 Most Beautiful Natural Curiosities of French-speaking Switzerland in 2020

French-speaking or Western Switzerland has many beautiful natural sights on its territory thanks to a particularly varied geological landscape.

La Torpille lists below, in order of preference, the 11 most beautiful natural curiosities.

  1. Creux du Van Rock Cirque
  2. Gorges of Trient
  3. Caves of Vallorbe
  4. Saint LΓ©onard Underground Lake
  5. Doubs Fall
  6. Saint-Maurice Fairy’s Cave
  7. Gorges of Durnand
  8. Euseigne Pyramides
  9. Tine de Conflens
  10. Arolla Blue Lake
  11. PisseVache Waterfall

Creux du Van Rock Cirque


πŸ“ Location: Canton of NeuchΓ’tel
πŸ”— Link: All the details about the Creux du Van Rock Cirque
✏️ Description: Creux du Van is the most beautiful curiosity of French-speaking Switzerland. Sometimes called the “Swiss Grand Canyon”. It is a rocky cirque with cliffs 150 meters high and is located in a nature reserve where wild animals can be observed.

The rocky cirque of Creux du Van.
The rocky cirque of Creux du Van.

A drone video on the Creux du Van rocky cirque.

πŸƒ Stroll: A nice walk in the form of a loop, “le sentier des 14 contours“, goes along the crests of Creux du Van then passes at the foot of the cliffs and through the village of Noiraigue.
πŸ“ Length: 14 km
πŸ“ Positive height difference: 780 mΓ¨tres
⏲️ Time: 4 heures 30 minutes

Le parcours du sentier des 14 contours.

Gorges of Trient


πŸ“ Location: Vernayaz, Canton of Valais
πŸ”— Link: All the details about the Gorges of Trient
✏️ Description: The Trient Gorge is the most impressive gorge in French-speaking Switzerland with vertical rock faces over 100 metres high. They are carved out by the river Trient shortly before it flows into the Rhone at Vernayaz between Martigny and Saint-Maurice.

The footbridges are suspended on the river bed with a metal protective net to protect the visitor from falling rocks.
The footbridges are suspended on the river bed with a metal protective net to protect the visitor from falling rocks.

A video about a walk along the footbridges of the Trient Gorges.

πŸƒ Stroll. A paying trail starts at the level of the flower shop and overhangs the bottom of the gorges for a few hundred meters with the help of wooden footbridges before returning by the same path

The path of the Trient Gorges.

Caves of Vallorbe


πŸ“ Location: Vallorbe, Canton of Vaud
πŸ”— Link: All the details about theΒ Caves of Vallorbe
✏️ Description: The Vallorbe Caves are the largest visitable caves in Switzerland. They were dug into the limestone by the river Orbe coming from the Lac de Joux.

A room of the Vallorbe caves.
A room of the Vallorbe caves.

A TF1 video about the Vallorbe caves.

πŸƒ Stroll: A round trip along the same path with the help of a paper guide allows you to discover the roaring river, numerous stalagmites or stalactites and huge rooms.
⏲️ Time: 1 hour

Saint-LΓ©onard Underground Lake


πŸ“ Location: Saint-LΓ©onard, Canton of Valais
πŸ”— Link: All the details about the Saint-LΓ©onard Underground Lake
✏️ Description: The underground lake of Saint-Léonard, near Sion in Valais, is the largest navigable groundwater lake in Europe.

A boat of visitors on the lake.
A boat of visitors on the lake.

An aperitif in the caves of Lake Saint-LΓ©onard.

πŸƒ Walk: No walk but a boat trip on the underground lake.
πŸ“ Length: 0.6 km
⏲️ Time: 45 min

Doubs Fall


πŸ“ Location: Les Brenets, Canton of Valais
πŸ”— Link: All the details about the Doubs Fall
✏️ Description: The Doubs Fall is a waterfall shortly after the Lac des Brenets in the canton of NeuchÒtel on the border with France.

The Doubs Fall from the French side.
The Doubs Fall from the French side.

A drone video on the Brenets Lake and the Doubs Fall.

πŸƒ Walk from the end of the Lac des Brenets to the waterfall and back.
πŸ“ Length: 1.5 km
⏲️ Time: 30 min

Saint-Maurice Fairy’s Cave


πŸ“ Location: Saint-Maurice, Caton of Valais
πŸ”— Link: All the details about the Fairy’s Cave
✏️ Description: The Saint-Maurice Fairy’s Cave in the Lower Valais is an underground space containing a small lake into which a waterfall flows. The lake is accessible by a hose in the rock.

The small lake surrounded by a suspended path.
The small lake surrounded by a suspended path.

A video about the Fairy Cave and the restaurant next to it.

πŸƒ Walk from the entrance of the rock face at the level of the restaurant to the cave and back.
πŸ“ Length: 1 km
πŸ“ Positive height difference: 0 mΓ¨tres
⏲️ Time: 20 min (it takes 15 minutes from the parking lot to reach the entrance)

Gorges of Durnand


πŸ“ Location: Bovernier, Canton of Valais
πŸ”— Link: All the details about the Gorges of Durnand
✏️ Description: The Durnand Gorges are one of the most beautiful gorges in Europe.

Les passerelles surplombant les gorges du Durnand.
Les passerelles surplombant les gorges du Durnand.

The footbridges overlooking the Durnand Gorges.

πŸƒ Stroll in the form of a loop, the outward journey goes up the river with footbridges suspended over the gorges and return through a pine forest.

The Durnand gorges route starting from the restaurant.

πŸ“ Length: 1.5 km
πŸ“ Positive height difference: 150 mΓ¨tres
⏲️ Time: 1 heure

Euseigne Pyramides


πŸ“ Location: Euseigne, Canton of Valais
πŸ”— Link: All the details about the Euseigne Pyramides
✏️ Description: The pyramids of Euseigne are a unique geological curiosity in Switzerland in the Hérens valley.

The road passes through the pyramids of Euseigne.
The road passes through the pyramids of Euseigne.

A drone video of the Euseigne Pyramids.

πŸƒ Stroll around the pyramids.

πŸ“ Length: 1 km
πŸ“ Positive height difference: 40 mΓ¨tres
⏲️ Time: 30 minutes

Tine de Conflens


πŸ“ Location: La Sarraz, Canton of Vaud
πŸ”— Link: All the details about the Tine de Conflens
✏️ Description: The Tine de Conflens is the confluence of two rivers that form beautiful gorges and waterfalls at this location.

The Tine de Conflens.
La Tine de Conflens.

A video about the Tine de Conflens.

πŸƒ Stroll from the car park to the Tine de Conflens through the forest.

πŸ“ Length: 1.1 km
πŸ“ Positive height difference: 30 mΓ¨tres
⏲️ Time: 40 min

Arolla Blue Lake


πŸ“ Location: Arolla, Canton of Valais
πŸ”— Link: All the details about the Arolla Blue Lake
✏️ Description: The blue lake of Arolla is a beautiful lake near Arolla in the Val d’HΓ©rens.

The blue lake of Arolla.
The blue lake of Arolla.

A video about the visit of the blue lake of Arolla.

πŸ“ Length: 3 km
πŸ“ Positive height difference: 300 meters
⏲️ Time: 100 minutes

Pissevache Waterfall


πŸ“ Location: Vernayaz, Canton of Valais
πŸ”— Link: All the details about the Pissevache Waterfall
✏️ Description: The Pissevache is a waterfall of the Salanfe river in the lower Valais.

The Pissevache waterfall.
The Pissevache waterfall.

An aerial video of the waterfall.


πŸ“ Length: 0.4 km
πŸ“ Positive height difference: 0 mΓ¨tres
⏲️ Time: 10 minutes

A video on the Pissevache Waterfall.